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Student killed as Brotherhood supporters clash with police in Cairo

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A fire burns inside the faculty of commerce building at al-Azhar University in the Nasr City suburb of Cairo on Saturday.

A college student was killed as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with Egyptian police at a Cairo university, the group and state media reported Saturday. 

The student, identified by activists as Khaled El-Haddad, was killed on the Cairo campus of al-Azhar University.

El-Haddad was a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that has gone from holding the seat of power in Egypt earlier this year to just this week being designated a terrorist organization by the state.

"The Muslim Brotherhood strongly condemns the violent crackdown on student protests taking place across university campuses in Egypt," the organization said in a statement to NBC News. "The Muslim Brotherhood calls upon all local and international human rights groups, student groups, intellectuals and governments to condemn the daily violations against students' freedoms and human rights in Egypt."

State-run newspaper Al-Ahram said that security forces on Saturday fired teargas to disperse pro-Brotherhood students who were preventing their classmates from entering university buildings to take exams.

Protesters reportedly threw rocks at police and set tires on fire to counter the teargas. Al-Ahram quoted a health ministry official as saying that the one student had been killed and four injured.

Two college buildings apparently caught fire in the violence, and state TV broadcast footage of black smoke billowing from the faculty of commerce building and said "terrorist students" had set the agriculture faculty building on fire as well.

Police arrested 60 students for possession of makeshift weapons including gasoline bombs, according to an emailed statement from the interior ministry. Calm had been restored, and scheduled exams had begun after the morning clashes.

Al-Azhar, a respected center of Sunni Islamic learning, has for months been the scene of protests against what the Brotherhood calls a "military coup" that deposed Islamist Mohamed Morsi as president after a year in office.

Supporters of the Brotherhood took to the streets on Friday after the government designated the Islamist group a terrorist organization — a move that increases the penalties for dissent against the government installed after the army ousted Morsi in July following mass protests against his rule.

The widening crackdown against the movement that was elected into power after the toppling of veteran leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011 has increased tension in a country suffering the worst internal strife of its modern history following Morsi's ousting.

Reuters contributed to this report